If you are looking for an English dictionary that provides detailed definitions as well as the history of English words from past to present, you should use the . Present-day definitions are included, but you’ll also find the history of individual words and how their usage has evolved over time. Definitions are ordered chronologically in the OED according to when they were first recorded in English, so that senses with the earliest evidence of usage appear first and more recent senses appear further down the entry – like a ‘family tree’ for each word.
If you are using American English, then Merriam-Webster Unabridged should be your dictionary of choice.
Definitions in this dictionary are enhanced with over 123,000 author quotations, and usage examples offer clear guidance and suggestions for words with confused or disputed usage.
These dictionaries are designed to provide translations of terms between a pair of different languages.
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